I’ve been thinking about how we are saved for a long time so I decided to take a break and look at that.
Summary: We are saved as a direct action of God’s grace (in sending Jesus), as a result of his love for us and mercy towards us. But this would not happen if we do not have faith in him. It is not because we are good people, or because we live good lives, that we have been saved.
- We were dead in our sins. What does this mean? What does it say about our ability to accept God’s gift of salvation?
- We once walked in our sins and trespasses, following the world, but we no longer do.
- We used to follow the Satan, who is now at work in those around us who are not of us.
- We all used to carry out the desires of our body and mind but we no longer do
- We were by nature, children of wrath, like the rest of mankind still is.
- We were dead in our trespasses. Now, we are alive.
- We were made alive by God together with Christ, by his grace, because he is merciful and loves us so much.
- God not only made us alive with Christ, he raised us up with him and seated us in the heavenly places.
- Our salvation is not of our own doing, but a gift from God – a very expensive gift.
- God did all this so that (in the coming ages), he might show how rich his grace is. i.e. his action in saving us is evidence of the richness of his grace.
- God also saved us and made us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things he has planned for us to do.
Reflection: Why does God want us to know how rich his grace is? Besides the obvious ‘so we can know that he is good’.